Butt's lawyer withdraws
Suspended Pakistan cricketer Salman Butt suffered a blow Saturday in his fight to have his name cleared over spot-fixing allegations after his lawyer withdrew from the case.
"I don't think the suspended players will get justice, so I have withdrawn from the case," Aftab Gul told Pakistani media of the case which will be heard in Qatar from January 6-11 next year.
Salman, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer were provisionally suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC) last month over allegations of spot-fixing during Pakistan's tour of England.
The suspension came after revelations in British newspaper News of the World, which claimed several Pakistani players took money to bowl deliberate no-balls during the Lord's Test against England in August.
Gul, along with another lawyer Khalid Ranjha, represented Salman during the appeal against the suspension, which was dismissed last month.
Aamer, who was represented by lawyer Shahid Karim, also had his appeal turned down, while Asif withdrew his appeal after initially deciding to challenge the punishment.
The ICC on Friday announced a three-man panel led by Michael Beloff to hear the case of the players in which the actual charges levelled against the players will be examined.